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How to Entertain Outside Like a Boss This Summer

No paper plates allowed.

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Summer is here, which means we all want to be outside. And considering that I spent a good portion of the winter staring out my snowy window dreaming of warm summer nights, I’m not wasting any time heading outdoors.

But just because we take a few steps out our back door and into the yard, doesn’t mean all style and substance should be eschewed. Sure, paper products are practical in that they don’t break and you can toss them in the garbage…but, um, your guests aren’t going to be wowed and your beautiful chimichurri steak isn’t going to look nearly as impressive on a flimsy paper plate. Your superb hostessing skills demand otherwise!

To get you there, I recommend the below luxe entertaining products that will provide your friends and family with a seamless experience indoors and out. The list comprises servingware, gadgets and furniture pieces that are not only good-looking, but also sturdy and effective at providing the best outdoor experience possible. So, uncork that bottle of rose, fire up the grill and invite some friends over, because the summer party season has officially arrived. 

Frontgate Optima Beverage Tub & Stand

BUY FROM: Frontgate, $79.95-$99.95 & $199

Sonora Etched Stemless Wine Glasses & Tritan Goblets

BUY FROM: Williams-Sonoma, SALE $62.36 for a set of 6 (Regularly $76, 20% Off!) & SALE $52.76 for a set of 6 (Regularly $65.95, 20% Off!)

Donatella Capri Melamine Chip and Dip Server & Mediterranean Tile Chip and Dip Server

BUY FROM: Frontgate, $24.50 & $29.50

Royal Teak Serving Cart with Removable Tray

BUY FROM: Hayneedle, $349

Pier1 Blue Tile Tray

BUY FROM: Pier1, SALE $19.98 (Regularly $29.95, 34% Off!)

Tabitha Crackle Melamine 12 Piece Dinnerware Set

BUY FROM: Wayfair, SALE $71.99 (Regularly $110, 35% Off!)

Cost Plus World Market Espresso All Weather Wicker Pinamar Outdoor Rolling Bar Cart

BUY FROM: Cost Plus World Market, SALE $279.99 (Regularly $349.99, 20% Off!)

Three-Tier Acrylic Beverage Dispenser

BUY FROM: Williams-Sonoma, $79.95

Certified International Talavera 3 Piece Heavy Weight Melamine Hostess Set

BUY FROM: Wayfair, $36.99 (Regularly $45, 18% Off!)

Fruit Keg Tapping Kit

BUY FROM: Uncommon Goods, $19.99

Better Homes and Gardens 2-Tier Rectangular Serve

BUY FROM: Walmart, $17.88

Cost Plus World Market Collapsible Mesh Food Tent

BUY FROM: Cost Plus World Market, SALE $6.27 for a set of 3 (Regularly $8.97, 30% Off!)

Threshold Cream Table Runner

BUY FROM: Target, $17.99

Keter Pacific Cool Bar Rattan Party Cooler

BUY FROM: Amazon, $69

Polk Audio Atrium 4 Outdoor Speakers

BUY FROM: Amazon, SALE $94.99 (Regularly $199, 52% Off!)

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